Posts tagged "chicago"
For Labor Day, I thought I would show people actually working! This is a photo of journalists Enoch Waters and Audrey Weaver hard at work at the Chicago Defender in the 1940s. When Mr. Waters died in 1987, Ms. Weaver told the Chicago Tribune, “He knew the business, was a good writer and traveled covering stories everywhere.” Ms. Weaver died in 1996. Photo by The Abbott Sengstacke Family Papers/Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images.

For Labor Day, I thought I would show people actually working! This is a photo of journalists Enoch Waters and Audrey Weaver hard at work at the Chicago Defender in the 1940s. When Mr. Waters died in 1987, Ms. Weaver told the Chicago Tribune, “He knew the business, was a good writer and traveled covering stories everywhere.” Ms. Weaver died in 1996. Photo by The Abbott Sengstacke Family Papers/Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images.

My aunt, opera singer Margaret Tynes with Harry Belafonte in Chicago, June 1956. She was Mr. Belafonte’s leading lady off-Broadway in a show he produced called, “Sing Man, Sing!” Photo: Bettman/Corbis.

My aunt, opera singer Margaret Tynes with Harry Belafonte in Chicago, June 1956. She was Mr. Belafonte’s leading lady off-Broadway in a show he produced called, “Sing Man, Sing!” Photo: Bettman/Corbis.

"I stole everything I ever heard, but mostly I stole from the horns." ~ Ella Fitzgerald, born 96 years ago today in Newport News, Virginia. In this photo, she is performing at Mr. Kelly’s nightclub in Chicago in 1958. Photo by Yale Joel//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images.

This photo of Nat “King” Cole, Sarah Vaughan and Thelma Carpenter Georgia Carr comes to VBG courtesy of the lovely blonde woman in the picture, Monica Lewis, who had a remarkable decades long career as a jazz singer. Ms. Lewis is 90 years old today and just as stunning! She is joined by Sarah Vaughan and Nat King Cole of course, along with Stan Kenton, a progressive jazz bandleader that she was dating at the time. The occasion was a gathering of top musicians in Chicago sponsored by BILLBOARD magazine. I wish I knew the name of the beautiful lady standing in between Ms. Vaughan and Mr. Kenton (she is not Mr. Cole’s wife, Maria Cole) so if you do know, tell me her name in the comment section!***

*** Thanks to Derrick Lucas for contacting Mr. Cole’s former manager, Dick LaPalm, but clearly Mr. LaPalm was mistaken. And thank you Toni Callender for your comment and giving me the opportunity to correct the original post - and the excuse to share the lovely Georgia Carr with VBG fans.

Sarah Vaughan, born on this day in 1924 in Newark, NJ, in her dressing room in Chicago, 1948. I wonder which fragrance she was using? Photo: Ted Williams. 

A Twitter fan tweeted this awesome shot I shared last year of the one and only Malcolm X in Chicago in 1961. The picture was taken by the legendary photographer Eve Arnold who died on January 4, 2012 at the age of 99, just three months short of her 100th birthday. I’m pretty sure this is my favorite picture of Malcolm X.

A Twitter fan tweeted this awesome shot I shared last year of the one and only Malcolm X in Chicago in 1961. The picture was taken by the legendary photographer Eve Arnold who died on January 4, 2012 at the age of 99, just three months short of her 100th birthday. I’m pretty sure this is my favorite picture of Malcolm X.

It’s true! Aretha Franklin really IS the Queen of Soul! She was “officially” crowned just before a performance at the Regal Theater in Chicago in May 1964. Photo: Isaac Sutton for EBONY.

It’s true! Aretha Franklin really IS the Queen of Soul! She was “officially” crowned just before a performance at the Regal Theater in Chicago in May 1964. Photo: Isaac Sutton for EBONY.